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Term: 1st term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Michelle Hindin
Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Course Instructor:

Explores the process of developing a dissertation proposal to prepare PFRH students for departmental and preliminary oral exams. Covers the nuts and bolts of writing a proposal from developing a research question through completing a timeline and obtaining IRB approval. Combines readings and student presentations as well as occasional guest lectures. Intended only for students in the department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Develop a research question, study aims, and hypotheses to be used in a dissertation proposal
Conduct a literature review which identifies current research and gaps as they relate to the study and research questions and aims
Identify an appropriate study design including study population and methodology- quantitative and qualitative
Identify data sets or setting for data collection
Examine frameworks and find appropriate frameworks for the study
Review analytic methods
Develop a feasible timeline for the study
Consider ethical issues and IRB approval
Identify potential funding sources

Methods of Assessment: Monthly presentations of progress on thesis proposal.
Location: East Baltimore
Enrollment Minimum: 1
Enrollment Restriction: PFRH Doctoral Students only
Instructor Consent: No consent required

Must be PFRH Doctoral Student; must have completed second year comprehensive exams.

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Pass/Fail